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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Even your boredom will be bored. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

They were right about the "Dog" part. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Film noir is combined with horror to zero effect in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    Brings vampires, werewolves, zombies, detective noir and spoofy comedy together for a murky genre gumbo with barely any flavor.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Never mind that Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is loosely based on an Italian comic series from the 1980s; this low-rent adaptation owes an embarrassingly big blood debt to HBO's "True Blood."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Dylan Dog isn't a terrible movie, just one that feels like a tepid mishmash of secondhand concepts, never developing a distinctive atmosphere or unique personality of its own.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Violent detective/horror/comedy combo wastes a good idea.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comic book-based detective story about a human in charge of keeping tabs on a community of vampires, werewolves, and zombie in New Orleans has both horror and comedy elements. There's strong monster violence and fighting; scenes include guns, knives, dead bodies, and blood. There's a bit of minor sensuality (characters kiss and wake up in bed together, but no sensitive body parts are shown) and some swearing (including "s--t"). A fictitious drug, vampire blood, is part of the plot, and viewers see minor characters going through withdrawals and "shooting up."

  • Families can talk about the movie's monster-related violence and fighting. Is the movie scary? How does the movie's often-comic tone affect the impact of the violence?
  • How successfully does this movie combine three genres: the detective movie, the horror movie, and the comedy? Was the mystery intriguing? Were the monsters scary? Was the movie funny?
  • Is Dylan a good role model, or is he more of an antihero? What are his good traits? What could he do better?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The material is bit dark here, but it's more harmless than harmful. Though the hero is sad and withdrawn (as well as a bit cynical and sometimes not very nice), he manages to overcome a past personal tragedy. As a result, he's able to cleverly solve a sticky and mysterious problem.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Dylan Dog is like a private eye character, with all that that entails. He's cynical and a bit withdrawn, suffering from a painful past. Sometimes he's not entirely nice to others, although he does seem to have a genuine friendship with some of his contacts. When a new mystery presents itself, he eventually takes the opportunity to overcome his hang-ups and use his skill and knowledge to help.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of fighting and monster violence, with werewolves, zombies, and vampires, as well as some giant monsters. Guns are drawn and fired, and viewers see lots of dead bodies and blood (some of the dead bodies come back to life). Some severed body parts are shown. One character is buried alive, and one vampire is burned in the sunlight. Most of this is presented with a light, comic tone.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple kisses and wakes up in bed together, partially clothed; the male hero appears shirtless, and sex is suggested. Some scantily clad women dancing in a night club. A brief discussion of cheating spouses.

  • language false3

    Language: A few of uses of "s--t," as well as "bitch," "boning," "damn," "goddamn," "hooker," "ass," "oh my God," "crap," and "hell."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: One sequence includes an obvious reference to Apple computers, with shots of a laptop and an iPhone and the brand name "Apple" spoken out loud.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Club-goers are addicted to vampire blood, and viewers see symptoms of withdrawals and "shooting up." One of the movie's main bad guys deals this drug to his customers.